Sea Kayak - God's Pocket Marine Park

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Sea Kayak - God's Pocket Marine Park

7 days, 6 nights of paddling around the islands (God's Pocket) just north of Port Hardy, B.C.

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 90.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 3 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: roughly 3 kt.

We will travel go to Vancouver Island Friday night, June 28th, and drive  (all day) June 29 to Port Hardy.  We'll stay overnight (on your own; B&B, or camp), and launch Sunday June 30.  We will meet as a group prior to the paddle to discuss camping locations, sharing meals, etc.

I've been here once before, and it lives up to its name.  We may, or may not, see whales, but the region is quite pretty.  On our last trip (in August) we saw whales, sea otters, and a wolf!.  It has the benefit of being slightly sheltered from southwest winds by Vancouver Island, so the conditions are not as harsh as those nearby (Cape Scott).  The exact route and speed of travel will depend on the dynamics within the group.  This is a SK-V paddle, with long crossings, open coastal conditions and long fetches.  We will be looking for sheltered paddling as much as possible.  That said, you should have taken a coastal clinic, wind and waves clinic, eddies and currents clinic, and an incident management clinic; or have equivalent experience. We will have 6-8 paddlers, depending on interest and experience levels.  For those of you interested in open coastal paddling, this is a step up from the Broken Islands, but not as rugged as full-on non-protected open coastal conditions.  Mounties members only.

Route/Place

God's Pocket Marine Park


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle + spare paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Drysuit
  9. Tow system
  10. Expanded first aid kit
  11. Repair kit
  12. We will each have approximately 25 liters of water (3 liters per day)
  13. Meals for 8 days and 7 nites (one day of emergency rations)
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